Barack Obama

Never Again — For Darfur

05/05/2006
Special To The Jewish Week

For Shelley Cohen, a member of Lincoln Square Synagogue on the Upper West Side and a mother of three, traveling anywhere with her oldest child, a 20-year-old quadriplegic confined to a wheelchair, can often prove taxing. Her son Nathaniel is afflicted with Duchenne muscular dystrophy, a congenital, rapidly progressive illness that destroys the body’s muscles.

Clarke Gets An Earful On Israel

Brooklyn rep backtracks on Gaza
after meetings with Jewish leaders.

02/11/2010
Assistant Managing Editor

After voting with 36 other members of the House in November against a resolution that the Goldstone Report to the UN was unfair to Israel, Brooklyn’s Yvette Clarke reportedly told Jewish leaders in her district that she’d consult with them on Middle East issues in the future.

Rep. Yvette Clarke said letters on Gaza she signed “do not provide a complete, and therefore accurate, picture of the situation.

The Deficit Tightrope

02/02/2010

It is an immutable law of politics that politicians hate budget deficits, but even more than that they hate cutting pet programs and those that benefit their own constituents. In unveiling his $3.8 trillion budget, which includes both new spending to spur job growth and cuts aimed at deficit reduction, President Barack Obama faces a particularly unenviable task.

36 Under 36 2009: Y-LOVE (Yitz Jordan), 31

Staff Writer
04/24/2009

 When you think of hip-hop and chasid, you probably think of Matisyahu, the bearded, Biblical spitting pop star. But it’s time to meet Y-Love, the black rapper from Brooklyn who converted to Judaism in 2001.

Jewish Democrats, Republican trade shots on Holocaust allusions

Well, it sounded like a good idea.

Yesterday the National Jewish Democratic Council (NJDC) urged candidates in both parties to sign a "pledge to condemn and repudiate abusive Holocaust comparisons and anti-Semitic rhetoric carried out by anyone claiming to support my candidacy or attending my campaign events.”

According to NJDC CEO Ira Forman:

Obama and Rev. Wright Again

03/16/2008
Special to the Jewish Week

As I write, a fierce debate is raging among my colleagues, and indeed among Americans, about the relationship between Barack Obama and his minister/mentor, Reverend Jeremiah Wright.

Americans of all creeds are disturbed by Rev. Wright’s comments- played on what seems like a continuous loop on YouTube- that essentially blame 9/11 on America, and reveal a huge reservoir of toxic anger against insults both real and imagined perpetrated by White America against Black people.

Israel After Bush

05/16/2008
Special to the Jewish Week

Now that the love-fest is over and President Bush has “left the building,” so to speak, Israelis are left to ponder life after him. The conference on tomorrow organized by Shimon Peres afforded the Israeli government the chance to say thank you to the man who has been, in his gut, arguably the most sympathetically inclined towards Israel’s precarious security position of any American president in recent memory.

Yes We Can… We Hope

11/05/2008
Special to the Jewish Week

The election is over, and President-elect Obama has won his race in a landslide.   Clearly, American voters, across all lines, were sending a message that the last eight years were essentially a train wreck, and that they saw in Senator Obama the promise of a better future for themselves and for our country.  On the former, I think they’re right.  On the latter, I hope they’re right; I hope I was right- I hope we’re right- because I voted for him as well.

Talking About Difficult Issues and ‘Gratuitous Interdenominational Bickering’

11/14/2008
Special to the Jewish Week

In response to the blog that I posted immediately after the presidential election, in which I called on the carpet those Jews who had spread malicious and untrue rumors about Barack Obama all over the internet, someone posted an online response accusing me of “Ortho(dox)-bashing.”  I found the charge to be too glib, since there were certainly members of my own (Conservative) congregation who were both ready and willing to believe the worst about Obama, regardless of where it came from.  Also, interestingly, the editor of this paper, himself an Orthodox Jew, expressed v

Barack Obama and the Palliative Power of Hope

01/23/2009
Special to the Jewish Week

I have long been interested in the debate which continues in both the medical and mental health communities about the affect of hope on healing.  Some would argue that honesty about a patient’s condition and prognosis must trump the understandable desire to give him a reason to believe in the possibility of a cure.  Others say that depriving a patient of hope, even when the situation is, in reality, dire, also deprives her of the will to live, and thus can hasten death itself.

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